College of the Canyons

DSP&S Newsletter


IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be sure your "my.canyons" e-mail address is up to date as that is the only way DSP&S will be contacting you with all correspondence and notifications.



 Dr. Jane A. Feuerhelm - Program Director

The Fall semester has begun and students will  be involved in their classes and campus activities. I encourage you to stop by or call DSP&S to schedule a counseling appointment for registration advisement. Be sure to complete your COC application, online orientation, and placement test! We look forward to seeing you in the coming semester.

Dr. Stephanie Lee and Lauren Yeh, DSP&S Counselors

As a counselor in the DSP&S department, we work with students to help them formulate goals, plan classes, and help problem solve if any difficulty arises.  Students can schedule appointments to discuss courses to take in the upcoming semester, to develop a Student Educational Plan, or to discuss DSP&S services and accommodations. 
Dr. Christi Franklin - Learning Disability Speacialist
As the Learning Disability Specialist in DSP&S, my primary responsibility is to write and monitor the Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP) for students with disabilities who qualify for our program.  Another of my responsibilities is assessing students for learning disabilities to determine whether they qualify for services in our department.

If you are having difficulties with learning, you may make an appointment with our Director to determine if you are eligible for an assessment. Call the DSP&S office at (661) 362-3341 to set up an appointment. I am available Monday through Thursday at the Valencia campus. 
Scott McAfee - Access Coordinator
As  Access Coordinator for College of the Canyons, I want to welcome all new and returning students to our department. DSP&S continues to work to provide universal access to information technology and coursework through accessible software, specialized hardware, and universal design.
Through the implementation of universal design, students with disabilities have equal access to important information and equal opportunities to succeed as a student.  Some of the software that the DSP&S department utilizes to achieve universal access includes JAWS, Kurzweil 3000, ZoomText, Dragon Naturally Speaking, on screen keyboards, LiveScribe pens, e-text, and other accessible tools.
In continuing with our tradition of providing cutting edge technological solutions for students with disabilities, the College of The Canyons DSP&S department has recently purchased several Livescribe Smartpens for student checkout. These pens record lectures as well as your written notes. By clicking into your notes, you may access the recorded lecture at the exact point in time the notes were written. Not sure why you circled a section of your notes? Simply click on the notes with your smartpen and the pen will start playing back the lecture at the exact time you wrote the notes. The pen also digitally records your written text which you may print up or share with study buddies. These pens may be checked out from the DSP&S department (free of charge) on a first come/first serve basis. Smartpens may be checked out by semester by those with lecture recording accomodations. Please speak to your counselor to verify that you qualify.
Again, College of the Canyons and DSP&S welcome you. May your career as a college student be an accessible and successful experience.

Important Dates
Monday  - Sunday, April 2-8, 2018 Spring Break
Monday, May 28, 2018 Memorial Day Holiday - Office Closed
Thursday, May 31, 2018 Last day of Spring Semester
Friday, June 1, 2018 Graduation
Monday, June 4, 2018 Start of Summer Session
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 Independence Day - Office Closed
Monday, June 4, 2018​ Start of Summer Session
August 11 or 18, 2018​ End of Summer Session
Monday, August 20, 2018​ First Day of Fall Semester​​


2018 DSP&S Office Hours


Valencia Campus
Monday: 9:00 AM—5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM—5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM—5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM—5:00 PM
High Tech Center Lab Hours -Spring 2018
Monday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM—5:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM—4:00 PM
Thursday:   10:00 AM—4:00 PM
Canyon Country Campus
DSP&S appointments are all scheduled at the Valencia Campus at this time.